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136 weeks ago, by Pj
Be boring during the week
Eat well, sleep well and get plenty of exercise if you want to get the most out of a working week. Is this boring? Easier said than done?

This sort of thing is certainly a question of making sure that you create the right habits.

You've got the whole weekend for play, so why not be a bit boring during the week?
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140 weeks ago, by Pj
MTa Kit
Does anyone have experience of MTa Kit. It's the plastic kit that can be used for team building and other sorts of facilitated events.

I'd love to have a chat if you do. Contact me through my profile.
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144 weeks ago, by Pj
Skills shortages
I'm hearing this lovely phrase doing the rounds. Now that business is picking up again economies in the west are complaining of skills shortages.

The problem is that companies don't build skills in the naturally quieter times of the economic cycle. The paradox is that shareholders are rewarded for cutting costs and offshoring tasks where the skill is developed and stays in that country, regardless of whether it makes sense.

So, here we are again with skills shortages.
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152 weeks ago, by Pj
Entertaining Training
Apparently NASA show the film Armageddon to new recruits and ask them to spot the mistakes, or incorrect procedures. So far they are up to 168.

I think that's a great way to teach people. It's entertaining, engaging and it will cause discussions about important issues. Learning is also effective when delivered in a visual way, so this approach is ticking a lot of boxes.
152 weeks ago, by James
Agreed, watching a film is a very good way of learning about something. Just think of the retention of information that you experience when watching a film and compare it to the 10 or 20% figures that are circulated for training.
151 weeks ago, by Jackie
Agreed. I'm always telling clients that customers these days want entertainment as well as information.
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159 weeks ago, by Pj
20,000 apprentices promised
On the final day of National Apprentice Week companies such as Lloyds Banking Group, Greene King, Whitbread and EE have between them promised around 20,000 apprentice places.

There has been a huge focus on opportunities for young people in the last year or so and that can only be a good thing.

Now, what can we do for older workers?
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163 weeks ago, by Pj
Victoria Beckham trains over Skype
This struck me as very interesting news. Beckham prefers to take her training from a specific 'celebrity trainer', Tracy Anderson. According to The Daily Star (it was in my news feed - I don't read it!) Kim Kardashian and Gwyneth Paltrow also like to work out using Skype when they are away from their preferred trainer.

In these cases using Skype is preferable to working with an alternative trainer who can be there in person.

It's a glimpse of what will be normal in many fields in the future.
161 weeks ago, by Jackie
Microsoft will no longer let me log into my Skype account with my original username and password. Perhaps it's because they've realised I have an Office365 (cloud) account and are insisting I use that to log in. It's the death of Skype for me. I'd rather use Google Hangouts.
161 weeks ago, by James
I heard that in the US most people use Google Hangouts now and Skype is very 'last season'. Maybe Google will make something out of Google+ after all.
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165 weeks ago, by Pj
People leave managers, not their jobs
So says the old truism. In some cases people will leave because of a better offer or because they have a career plan. However, in most cases where people leave because they're unhappy it's because of a manager.

If you're running a leadership course ask the group to talk about a leader from a previous job who inspired them or showed good leadership. Sometimes there will be a good example, but often people struggle.

The question to the group then becomes; 'How do you want to be remembered?'
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173 weeks ago, by Pj
Management by putting out fires
Some managers can't resist solving problems. It's almost as if some sort of Bat-Signal goes up and in they dive.

A manager who steps in to deal with all of their team members' problems isn't helping anyone. People need to be able to deal with problems in order to grow; that's where experience comes from.

That doesn't mean that a manager needs to ignore potentially dangerous problems, just that they might ask 'What can you do about it?' before they say 'Leave it to me...'
172 weeks ago, by James
I've just read some research that says that people retain 5-10% of what they learn in a lecture and that increases to 75% if they have an opportunity to use learning in the week after training. This seems to link to this, if you want people to be experts that have to use what they know.
172 weeks ago, by Jackie
I had a conversation with a boss years ago who was proud of the department's fire-fighting ability. I asked why they didn't learn about fire-prevention instead. She looked at me as though I was mad.
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